European Recital Tour
05 Jan 2015
This season, René Pape travels across Europe on a recital tour with pianist Camillo Radicke. This tour reprises Mr. Pape’s critically acclaimed program from last fall’s recital at The Metropolitan Opera, the first bass recital in 30 years at the Met. That “triumphant” and “powerful” program incorporated music in four languages, from a distinct variety of composers including Beethoven, Dvorák, Mussorgsky, and Quilter, which will now be enjoyed by audiences throughout the continent.
Of his Met recital, Zachary Woolfe of The New York Times stated:
“Is there a singer on the Metropolitan Opera’s roster more deserving of a solo recital on its stage than René Pape, who received that honor on Sunday afternoon? After nearly 20 years and 200 performances with the company, this German bass’s steady, wine-dark voice and suave presence have become indispensable . . . Mr. Pape is elegantly restrained, a natural storyteller who draws you in slowly and carefully, yet confidently, rarely grabbing you by the lapels but effective, nevertheless, at making you listen . . . His final encore, “If Ever I Would Leave You,” from Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot,” summed up the recital: calm, burnished, decorous, gorgeous.”
Pape’s European tour begins on January 9 in La Coruña as part of the Festival Galica Classics. On May 10 he sings at Milan’s renowned Teatro alla Scala, May 29 at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, and on June 8 at the Zurich Opera House. He is also featured in recital at the Berlin State Opera on June 21, with frequent collaborator and acclaimed conductor Daniel Barenboim on piano.